Can drinking increase cholesterol?
Drinking too much alcohol can actually increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, raise blood pressure, contribute to obesity, and increase the levels of fats called triglycerides in the blood. Excessive drinking also can lead to heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and stroke.
When we refer to total cholesterol, it's a combination of HDL and LDL cholesterol plus triglycerides. This is because beer contains carbohydrates and alcohol, two substances that raise triglycerides quickly. And people who are more sensitive to the effects of beer can experience even higher levels of triglycerides.
- It was found that, in some studies, people drinking at least one beer beverage a day saw an increase in HDL cholesterol levels by up to 11 percent. One study also showed that one beer (about 340 mL) daily could reduce oxidation of LDL. However, consumption of three or more beers daily actually promoted LDL oxidation.
- And some contain plant sterols and stanols, which block the body from absorbing cholesterol.
- Barley and other whole grains.
- Eggplant and okra.
- Vegetable oils.
- Apples, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits.
- Foods fortified with sterols and stanols.
- Heavy drinking can make you more likely to get serious health problems like liver disease, cancer, and peptic ulcers, among others. Regular or high alcohol use can hurt your heart and lead to diseases of the heart muscle, called cardiomyopathy. Drinking alcohol regularly also can raise your blood pressure.
Drinking beer in moderation may have some benefits to your heart health. But that may not extend to your cholesterol, as drinking beer can increase your triglyceride levels. To find out if drinking some beer or other type of alcoholic beverage is safe for you, talk to your doctor.
- That's because a small serving of 3.5 ounces supplies about 200 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol. For everyone else, 300 mg is the limit. However, shrimp is very low in total fat, with about 1.5 grams (g) per serving and almost no saturated fat at all.
- Excess calories are converted into triglycerides and stored as fat. Alcohol increases triglyceride levels for some individuals. If you have high triglycerides and do consume alcohol (such as red wine), it is recommended to limit intake to 5 ounces per day or limit it entirely.
- The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.
Updated: 25th November 2019